Wisconsin EMS Symposium 2016 Resources


This blog post is here for attendees at any of my lectures for the 2016 Wisconsin EMS Symposium to access resources I referenced. If you happen to come across it otherwise, feel free to also partake of the offerings.

FREE copy of my book The Future of EMS– Click HERE to get to the free e-version on Amazon. This offer is only good the week of the symposium, so if you’re clicking any other time, it is still available, just not free.

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If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for my newsletter after the lecture, you can do that HERE.

Good Medics Gone Bad– The lecture discussed cases in which emergency workers went over to the dark side. Situations included were a suicide bomber, various examples of white-collar corruption across the U.S., and sexual crimes all committed by those we call ‘brothers in arms’. The lecture wasn’t a bashing session on those who did wrong but an analysis of why they did it, how to avoid these tendencies in ourselves, and what to look for among our fellow workers.

I didn’t give any references for this lecture, but, if you’re interested in more, a simple Internet search will help you here. I’m assuming that some of you may research this more because of specific problems in your own agencies. In other words, just search for “EMS” or “Fire” and the issue you need more information on, such as drugs, theft, alcoholism, hazing, or other.

Becoming an EMS Mentalist– We all know that patients, partners, and bystanders always tell the truth, right? How do we really know when they don’t, unless it’s painfully obvious? It’s possible to learn the seemingly ‘magic’ tricks employed by Simon Baker on the popular television show The Mentalist and employ those same tricks to aid us in EMS work. Simple looks, head nods, and the words used are sometimes all it takes. Not only can these tricks help you in providing better patient care, they can also help you become a better employee by increasing your confidence, self-esteem, and mental acuity. Learn how to become an EMS Mentalist.

I referenced the following books in this one…

How to Become a Mentalist by Simon Winthrop

Mastermind- How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

If you’re interested in the Mentalist television show as well, you can find that HERE.

My Wife Hates Me, My Kids Don’t Know Me, and I Think I have a Dog– There are seven key areas of life that we all experience or should if we only made the time. Instead of balancing our lives as we should, we all spend too much time somewhere to the detriment of the other areas in life. It could be work, hobbies, education, or anything that takes too much priority. For those of us in the small business world it usually happens to be work. This imbalance has an impact on all parts of our lives and can cause disastrous consequences. It endangers our relationships, our success, and even our own lives. Find out what it means to balance your life for maximum enjoyment and hopefully get back to knowing those people you call friends and family. Think about how it could make everything better at work, at home, and at play.

I actually published a book based on this lecture that goes more in depth. You can find it right HERE.

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I hope all of you enjoyed my lectures. As always I’m available for any questions you might have about anything I covered.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

The Many Headed Beast That is Me

December is my planning month. I like to slow down my actual busy work for the remainder of each year to analyze and plan for the coming one. My big step for 2014 will be the congregation of my various business ventures. I’ll be formalizing relationships with some of my side businesses and teams to bring them under the umbrella, so to speak.

If you’re interested in contract opportunities with us, drop me a line at drdave@drdavidpowers.com. If you’d like to know more about me, check out my website or watch this sweet bio video that The Ad Twins made for me…

Welcome to the many headed beast that will be Dr. David Powers and Subsidiaries in 2014…

Personal Efforts-

Speaking and Teaching– I speak at a number of conferences and gatherings each year. I’m hoping to expand that to include more conferences where I give multiple lectures at the same event. I actually have a style consultant that is helping me now with my image for these events.

Sponsors- I obtain sponsorships from various businesses that align with my message and businesses. I wear and use their gear as a Brand Ambassador. My big new sponsor for this year was Mountain Man Soap.

Multiple Streams of Income- Multiple streams that I also draw income from include grants, fellowships, awards, blogs, Youtube, online classes, licensing, direct sales, Amazon sales, artwork on Society 6, affiliate sites, and cash parking domain names, among other things.

Team Efforts-

C3- C3 includes coaching, counseling, and consulting. Because of time constraints I’ll be moving away from one-on-one sessions to work more with small group counseling, business consulting, and expanding the offerings from my think tank, which is heavily staffed by geeks and nerds. Imagine the crew from Big Bang Theory working on a business contract.

PsyOps- PsyOps is a team I use for influence and control measures for clients. Right now, my team is currently working on a black file for a court case. Think of the crew from Scandal, with the main difference being that Kerry Washington is prettier than me.

The Pilgrimage– I pastor a small faith community that meets in my office on Sundays and hosts a mastermind group on Wednesday nights, in addition to other things.

Warehouse 14- The warehouse started out as an online enterprise to start selling off my vast personal collection of comic books and collectibles, but it’s evolved into something else. In 2014 the space we use for Warehouse 14 will become a bit of a social club, hosting game and movie nights.

Graveside Services– The online portion of Warehouse 14 will be moving to the Graveside store portal. That’s where you’ll be able to order items online from the comic book collection.

Publishing– I publish an average of a dozen new works every year. Most of them are my own writings, but I signed two new authors this year and will be producing their works as well. Most of the books are available through Kindle only, although they also be available in hard copy in 2014.

Big things to expect in 2014…

Intern Challenge- Stay tuned for this one. I’ll be running a contest early in 2014 for a new intern. The job will include some really fun work, opening up new projects, and a free place to live only a mile away from the beach.

Doing Good- In February I’ll be launching a new crowdsourcing project on either Kickstarter or Indiegogo. It will involve an international trip, lots of artwork, a human rights mission, and coffee.


Why I Quit Counseling

Much of my academic experience is based on counseling. Because of that, it’s one of the many hats I’ve worn over the years. I get into so much, it was also commonly the go to answer when people would ask me what I do. It commands respect. It speaks of vast academic experience coupled with a modicum of intelligence. It sparks interesting conversations.

But I hate counseling.

Most proper counseling takes place in an office, sitting in comfortable chairs, telling people how you feel, and being listened to. It’s pretty close to the stereotypical “sit on my couch and tell me about your problems” idea you get from tv. Most counseling doesn’t end in results. It actually culminates in more counseling. The modern practice of counseling is a conversational exercise that serves more to promote the job security of the counselor than the well-being of the patient. It’s so open ended that most counselor relationships end for one of two reasons- either the patient runs out of money or they get tired of the counseling sessions not producing any growth.

That’s not me, so I’ve quit counseling.

I was never a normal counselor anyway. I met most of my clients at bookstores and coffeeshops where the din of social activity gave us privacy but made it feel more like a social thing than a psychoanalysis. I have couches in my office, but my clients never sat on them. Usually we sat at tables and made plans and drew diagrams of future goals. I’m action-oriented, so most of my clients are sporadic in the long term. Don’t come see me every week on the same day at the same time. Instead, call me when you’ve done the assignment I gave you, made some progress, and are ready for a new challenge.

Some of my clients might say I still do counseling, but I disagree. At least don’t call it that. I’m not sure I like life coaching either. That term’s gotten kind of kooky over the years. I tell people these days that I run a think tank. Plans, goals, action. That’s what I do. Your feelings do matter, but how your mother treated you as a kid isn’t as important to me as what you’re doing right now.

Even so, I’m really sorry she made you dress in a sailor suit for your school photos.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Special Offer- Top Ten Ways to Not Screw Up Your Life

I don’t talk business here much, at least in the way of ‘here’s me, here’s what I do, hire me’. That’s what my website is for. Mostly I just like to talk about how much fun and interesting my life is. It’s a mix of pure awesomeness and the search for even more awesomeness. My blog is more about my lifestyle than how I make my quan, although the two go pretty much hand in hand. An experience at my local Starbucks hangout this morning kind of spoke to me on this level though. That’s why today’s post may seem more on the business side of things.

I was supposed to meet a friend at Starbucks this morning. I thought she was a no show, so I stayed for about a half an hour reading and enjoying the out-of-office time. Turns out she’d sent me a message that she wouldn’t make it. Even so, the failed meeting did turn into a blessing. At the register I met a young lady who seemed to be having some problems with her ‘maybe-about-to-be-fiance’. She was talking to the cashier about her problems when she just turned around and started asking me too. She didn’t know either of us, but was obviously at a point where she needed to talk to someone.

I talked to her a little and told her I worked as a counselor. She asked for a card and, at least three times, said, “This meeting today was meant to be.”


So, here’s my offer for you. I do a lot of my counseling appointments out of the office, usually over food or beverage. People relax better that way. I’d like to do that more. My offer to you is a special rate if you contact me soon for a one hour counseling session at one of my local hangouts (or my office if you prefer) for $50. It can be a big issue, a brainstorming session, or just someone to talk to in a confidential way. Relationship, work/life, finances…whatever you need.

My normal hourly rates are $200 per hour, so this is a significant break on that. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy making quan, but I realized today with that young lady that a lot of people could use some help that can’t afford my normal rates. It’d be nice to be able to help young folks in the early relationship phase before they end up in unhappy marriages or worse.

For my nomadic friends who travel constantly or live out of my area (Myrtle Beach SC), I’ll make the same offer to you. We can do the talking by phone, Skype, chat, whatever way you feel most comfortable. We can still share coffee, at least digitally speaking.

As promised in my headline, here are my Top Ten Ways to Not Screw Up Your Life…

  1. Enjoy a multi-hour meal with friends or family at least once a month.
  2. Give to your church or charity, at least 10% of what you make.
  3. Pick a relationship that’s gone wrong in some way and fix it.
  4. Ask for help when you need it.
  5. Stay out of debt.
  6. Read at least one book a month.
  7. Exercise at least three times a week.
  8. Quit drinking soft drinks.
  9. Drink more coffee and tea.
  10. Find someone in your life that you can help.

Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud … a book review

This review was originally published in print in Transitions magazine…

               I was turned on to Dr. Henry Cloud’s material through his first book Boundaries, which he co-authored with John Townsend. At about the same time his book was recommended to me by both Dave Ramsey and a family member. Shortly after that a small success group that meets in my office once a week voted to do the next study on Boundaries, which included the book, DVD lessons, and a workbook. It was a great study and we all learned a lot.

                This review isn’t about Boundaries though, even though the material would make for a great review. I’m telling you about it because, as a first introduction to Cloud’s material, I was impressed. Dr. Cloud is primarily a clinical psychologist. Now I’m not sure about your experiences with psychologists. I’ve never personally partaken of psychology services although I’ve worked with many of them over the years in my own counseling work. The perception of them as a whole in the industry is that they’re detached from reality. Sure, they can get inside your head and help in that way, but many of them  don’t seem to really get it, or at least they don’t translate it well to us in the real world. In other words, “please tell me how you feel” or “it’s all your mother’s fault” doesn’t always help very much. Dr. Cloud is just the opposite.

                There are two primary reasons I enjoy his work so much. Number one is that he translates clinical psychology and the interrelated concepts into laymen’s terms in such a great way that it’s actually helpful. if you read one of his book’s you know that you’ll walk away after finishing it much smarter and better equipped than by forcing your way through the average psychology book. In other words, if you’re trying to self-medicate psychologically speaking, his stuff is awesome and should either help you or lead you to a better understanding of your problems before you seek further personal professional help. Secondly, his works always seem to come to me in a time of need. I confidently count that as God filling a need in my life with a resource that is both relevant and Biblical. Theologically speaking, one would call it Providence.

                When I received the book Necessary Endings from Dr. Cloud’s agent, it arrived at the perfect time. I’m at a point in my life where there are relationships, projects, and other things that I need to end. They’re not necessarily bad or hurtful (although some are), but I need to end them in order to grow, make room for new opportunities, or help other people grow. One of the biggest endings I need to make is a very personal one, and, with the mood I was in when the book arrived, I almost had an emotional fit. Have you ever had one of those experiences where you want to cry, praise God, scream, and cuss all at the same time? It’s like a huge emotional dumping. That’s how I felt when I read the material that arrived with the book. Now I’m delving through the book and have several pages of notes made already.

                So, the book is all about ending the things in your life that aren’t helping you or others by keeping them around. It applies to business, work, family, and interpersonal relationships. I guarantee that if you read the book you’ll find places in your life where there is room for growth. Buy it and read it slow to take it all in.

For Dr. Cloud’s works…

Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward"".

Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life"".

9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life: A Psychologist Learns from His Patients What Really Works and What Doesn’t"".